Concussions – Andrei

I chose the issue of concussions to learn more about what I see on local news, like a short documentary on it or where a college athlete is out for a season due to this cause. Concussions do have an affect on teens and their families, excluding mine because I don’t play contact sports. Before having further research on this topic, I only know that concussions will have further affect on the brain, like dizziness and confusion. Watching football makes me think about how much they get mentally instead of physically injured. Teenagers may play contact sports like American football and/or rugby, and the certain levels of tangency can cause brain damage, leading to negative academic affects and memory loss.

Concussions, or TBI (traumatic brain injury), changes the way your brain that changes the way your brain operates, such as disrupting normal functions. It is mostly caused by a sudden blow to the head, or by simply falling head first or any other scenario that may shake the brain. Know I know that there are different levels of concussions may result in a knockout, but only for a short amount of time. After-signs of a concussion include, as I mentioned earlier, dizziness, confusion, along with nausea, blurred vision, ringing in ears, and more. Even though heavy padding is required for American football, I believe that some sort of cushion should be added to the helmets to prevent TBI. What was surprising was that football players get around 300,000 concussions a year, and do not do permanent damage. Symptoms can last only up to 7-10 days. Truly, concussions should be avoided at all times, even though symptoms do not last long, which people often think. Problems on this situation, as mentioned earlier, can affect academic performance because it is a brain injury, which is self-explanatory for this problem. Concussions do have an impact on our lives (although you can fully recover) and should influence us to prevent them from affect our brains which might shape our lives, and those persistent with their sports that involve tackling, clashing, and blocking must be aware of the danger they will face when it’ll be too much.

Image Bibliography:

“A Father’s Dilemma: Is Watching Football Immoral?” CNN Belief Blog RSS. Web. 06 Mar. 2016.

Two backs of the Carolina Panthers hit a Tennessee Titans player in the head.


Philip – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

I chose the issue of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma because My friend Rihanna Arcos, who has been a part of our family for several years in the Philippines was diagnosed with Stage 3 Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma 2 years ago. Since that time, I have been interested to know more about her condition and how it’s treated. This affected my family and I by making us more aware of the life changing possibilities that could happen to us very quickly. Before I really went in-depth into this form of cancer, I knew that when you get cancer and you go through chemotherapy, the most physically drastic change is that your hair falls out. My grandmother had cancer and thats what happened to her. I figured this connection out through my grandmother. This was really important to my family and I because we care about Rhianna and we want to make sure that she stays healthy physically and mentally. Having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma really effects teens in really atrocious ways. Having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma really effects teens because of the rapid body growth teens experience during adolescence. Having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma prevents you from going to school and interacting with other people the way you normally would because of their hospitalization.

Something I learned about this issue was how people with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma have abnormal cells called Reed-Sternberg cells in their lymph nodes. I expanded my learning on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma by reasserting questions about the topic and learning along with the questions being answered. One thing that surprised me the most about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was how many people are effected by it alone in the United States. I think my thinking has changed by making me more aware of what can happen to people who have to deal with these life threatening diseases. I can apply this thinking process to other people who are experiencing other life threatening diseases. I think some misunderstandings about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and any form of cancer is that is a death sentence. A large percentage of people with cancer survive and Surgery or needle biopsy can disturb cancer cells, causing them to spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, their is ways to stop the excess growth of cancer cells in the body through radiotherapy, chemotherapy, steroids and stem cell transplants. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma influences my thinking of wellness by allowing me to think how fortunate I am not to have a disease like Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and it makes me wonder how Rihanna would have even got it.CDR576466